Final 2012 Totals
Shot & Killed: 441
Total Homicides*: 514

Ages
Average Age: 28.6
Median Age: 25

2012: Deadliest ‘hoods

Neighborhood
Homicides
%
Englewood407.8%
Austin377.2%
New City244.7%
Grand Crossing234.5%
Chicago Lawn224.3%
Woodlawn214.1%
South Shore193.7%
Garfield Park193.7%
North Lawndale183.5%
Roseland183.5%
Humboldt Park173.3%
Auburn Gresham163.1%
Near West Side163.1%
South Chicago142.7%
All Others21040.9%

2012: Cause of Death

Cause
Homicides
%
Gunshot44187.2%
Stabbing387.5%
Assault132.6%
Strangling71.4%
Child Abuse40.8%
Auto30.6%
Arson30.6%
Trauma20.40%
Suffocation10.20%
Poisoning10.20%
Neglect10.20%
Updated: 1/27/13

2012: Race of Victim

Race
Homicides
%
Black39277.0%
Hispanic7013.8%
White479.2%
Asian51.0%
Updated: 1/27/13

2012: Other Violent Crimes

Crime
Total
w/ Firearm
%
Robbery 13,420 5,364 40.0%
Aggravated Battery 8,270 1,884 22.8%
Aggravated Assault 4,452 2,063 46.3%
Crim. Sexual Assault 1,299 1007.7%

2012: Robberies & Weapon Used

Weapon
Total
%
Handgun 5,266 39.2%
Other Firearm980.7%
Knife6324.7%
Other or None 7,424 55.3%

2012: Assaults & Weapon Used

Weapon
Total
%
Handgun 1,978 44.4%
Other Firearm851.9%
Knife 1,237 27.8%
Other or None 1,152 25.9%

*Source Data & Editor’s Note

We compile our own dataset using the following sources: Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-TimesDNAInfo Chicago, Chicago Redeye Homicide Tracker, NBC5 Chicago, City of Chicago Data Portal and CPD CLEARMAP.

Editor’s note: A homicide, regardless of type, within the city limits of Chicago counts towards our total metric. CPD-involved, ISP-involved and justifiable homicides all count. Reckless homicides may count if the Medical Examiner rules that the cause of death was a homicide. Suicides do not count. Additional definitions can be found on the Glossary page.